Saturday, July 15, 2006

First Half Oscar Hopefuls (Part 1)

Last week I prologued the halfway mark Oscar discussion with a look at Gretchen Mol as Bettie Page. So now, we begin looking at the first two of the five most-likely-to-succeed Oscar hopefuls from January to June.

#5 is a scholarly look at the near future, suggesting that Hurricane Katrina is only a warm up for mother nature.
#4 is responsible for all those dreamy (some would say sleepy) images of the man of steel floating miles above the earth

Read the Article. Return and Discuss. Do you think these achievements will be called out next January on Oscar Nomination Morning?

tags: Superman Returns, An Inconvenient Truth, movies, Oscars, awards, global warming, Academy Awards

20 comments:

Kamikaze Camel said...

I, personally, didn't think Superman Returns was all that great (it was confused with itself I think) but many of the effects were really swell, but is swell enough? Sure, Brandon Routh floating in space is pretty to look at, but some of those flying shots looked ridiculous (as do, basically, any flying done by Superman).

If Superman were to get a nod in Visual Effects I wouldn't care because they were impressive for the most part, but I don't care either way. Although it would be a hoot to see them campaign Parker Posey for Best Supporting Actress!

An Inconvenient Truth would pass the rules it would seem (Grizzly Man was 100% stock footage, hence it's ineligability) and wouldn't it be great to see Al Gore get up there to accept and Oscar?! But, yeah, the doco category is very strange. I wasn't even an Oscar-watcher at the time, and it still physically hurts me knowing Hoop Dreams wasn't even nominated let alone win. *evil face* grrr. Idiots.

Witchiepooh said...

I hope that in the end both "Pirates" and "Superman" get nominated for visual fx--they are both deserving. However, I prefered "Superman Returns" because it's just a much better film overall. Despite its success, critics don't seem to like "Pirates" much and it seems to me that the award tends to go to a good fx film that is also favored by critics (like the first Matrix beating Phantom Menace, if I recall correctly). Soooo... I think that if both films got nominated, the man of steel would have the edge over the pirate.

I haven't seen the other films or performances...yet.

Oh, and fyi I am about halfway through Stardust and loving it more and more. It could make a great film--if done right. Speaking of fantasy books made into films, have you read Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy? I've heard it is also going to be brought to the screen. (Oh and if you haven't read it, I would recommend it.)

Thea

Kris said...

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Kamikaze Camel said...

lol, some people actually have stuff to do outside of their blogs. That's just my opinion

:P

Kamikaze Camel said...

okay, that sounded much harsher than I meant it to. But the :P makes up for it, right?

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Kris said...

Maybe my comment came off much harsher than I meant for it to as well. Natty does this to keep the interest up, though. He's got the material ready, he's just a tease with it. ;)

Believe me, I know there are peripheral things to life on the net. Sometimes I feel like I'll collapse from the freelance work, day jobs, getting to my scripts, attending the screenings, lining up the interviews and, at the end of the day, having time for the net.

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i publish as I go. time is precious.

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I think it's a great character and I'm sure that she will work wonders with it. I just hope that they don't hold back and soften her at all. I haven't finished the book yet, but so far I'm thinking that brutal lust for eternal life and youth is something Ms. Pfeiffer can really sink her teeth in to.

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